Dec 11, 2009 6:41 PM by Bill Folsom
H1N1 cases are on the rise in El Paso County. Immunization is recommended, but only a small amount of vaccine has arrived so far. According to Health Department Director, Kandi Buckland, "There is simply not enough in the county to meet the demand."
Buckland wants people to know vaccine is arriving. The first shipment in early October had 6,100 doses. An additional 12,000 doses just arrived. Some counties have clinics, but El Paso County distributed to hospitals and clinics where patients at the highest risk are treated. "So that we're able to start the vaccination of our high risk groups," says Buckland.
It is a start but far from what is needed to treat all people considered high risk. Buckland says, "Some of our initial assessment is we could have as many as 300-thousand people who should receive the H1N1 vaccine."